Two amazing stories by the British Master of Science Fiction Paul McAuley on biotechnology and artificial intelligence.

Gene Wars tells the story of Evan, a boy who grows up in a future society where gene splicing and biotechnolgical techniques are widespread and commonplace. It shows the “progress” of Evan’s career, from his pet-splicing youth, through his corporate spy adulthood, to his solar system-wide fame in the old age. Each stage is written as a lovely vignette, and the post-human climax it depicts is truly mind blowing.

Rocket Boy is the story of an Artificially Intelligent Gun falling in the hands of a little guy who will be forever changed by this extremely dangerous meeting. The consequences will be unpredictable… or maybe not.

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